Circe, Goddess of Enchantment

´Circe, Goddess of Enchantment, Soni Alcorn-Hender

Circe, ancient Greek goddess of enchantments and herbs, made famous by Homer’s Odyssey and the memorable welcome she gave to Osysseus’s crew.
Trespassers upon her island were offered sweet wine laced with a potion that packed a beastly hangover, literally.
The pig, lion, and wolf motif are used a few times (on her tripod, the writing on her arm) as those are what she turned men into – and is doing right at the moment of this scene in fact.
She’s entwined and crowned in Enchanter’s Nightshade, a plant from the Circaea family, named in her honour. Her crown is also decorated with the seed heads of opium poppies.

The original painting was mixed media over acrylics, A3 size (29×42 cms, approx 11.5×16.5 inches)

Prints available here.

Work in progress pics:

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Love Conquers All

‘Love Conquers All’, dangerous Eros, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Work-in-progress detail of gold leafing behind his head:

Eros / Cupid work in progress detail

~ Guards from Mount Olympus are seeking a dangerous madman who escaped on Valentine’s day: Eros, also known as Cupid. He’s naked, armed, and terrifyingly interested in your love life.
If you see him you’re advised to run to your nearest shrine, make an offering to Zeus, and ask to be turned into a tree. ~

Acrylics, chalk, pencils, and gold leaf on paper.
Prints etc available here.

Little Greek goddesses

Hera and Aphrodite

Hera, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Aphrodite, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Aphrodite and Hera work in progress, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Aphrodite and Hera work in progress

Sketch cards (artist returns) for the Perna Studio set ‘Classic Mythology II’.
Acrylics, pearl media, crystals, 22k gold and silver leaf. 2.5×3.5 inches

Classic Mythology II: Helios & Selene

Helios and Selene, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Helios, god of the sun, and Selene, goddess of the moon from the pantheon of Ancient Greece.

Of my 5 artist returns for this set, these are the only 2 finished so far. The others may have to wait until September or after.
Both Helios and Selene are now for sale, if you’re interested in a little sun or moon for your own collection, please see here.

Classic Mythology 2 work in progress, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Classic Mythology 2 cards, work in progress

‘Classic Mythology II’

Basecard painting for the Perna Studio’s trading card set ‘Classic Mythology II’: Persephone & Hades

And the sketch cards that were done for the set, all based on Ancient Greek mythology:

Of Persephone and Pomegranates

Persephone catches the awful attention of Hades, Lord of the Dead.
Mixed shiny, sparkly media and pomegranates on canvas board, 12 x 8.5″
To be printed as one of the cards in the forthcoming trading card set ‘Classic Mythology 2’ from Perna Studios.

For sale via silent auction (2 days only) on my Facebook art page HERE.

Persephone and Hades, Soni Alcorn-Hender

Hades loved her but Persephone flew from him. Yet he followed and watched her, and devised a way to steal her to be his queen of the dead.

Persephone and Hades (detail), Soni Alcorn-Hender

detail

PernaStudios – Classic Mythology I

Original artwork inspired by some of the world’s oldest beliefs that have since passed into myth. For the trading card set ‘Classic Mythology’ by Perna Studios.

‘Isis’ painting for base-card, approx. 8.5 x 12″ mixed media on canvas.

‘Loki’ painting for base-card, approx. 8.5 x 12″ mixed media on canvas.

Sketch cards (2.5 x 3.5″)

Classic Mythology I – stages of work

An abbreviated breakdown of how the shiny sketch cards for the Mythology set were painted.

Work in progress: Arachne and Perseus by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Work in progress: Arachne and Perseus

Legends & Lore

For the Legends & Lore set I decided to go a little retro, i.e. Ancient Greece & Egypt. So for your delectation I present a honey-wrapped sliver of Ancient Egyptian-ness when statement jewellery was BIG, and a plethora of Greek stars from a time when humans were muscly and Gods were nutjobs.

So get some wine, peel some grapes, and command your minstrel to strum his lyre while you daydream across the wine-dark sea.